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Peter Temple Tribute

Michael Robotham In Conversation with Jack Heath

Saturday 25 August 2018
4.00PM – 5.00PM
Liangis Theatre
National Portrait Gallery

Peter Temple was the first crime writer to win the Miles Franklin Award for his novel Truth in 2010. He is an acclaimed crime fiction writer mainly known for his Jack Irish series. He died in March 2018. Peter Temple's legacy will be honoured by Michael Robotham, celebrated investigative journalist and novelist whose nine novels about clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin have sold millions of copies worldwide. Michael is in conversation with one of Canberra’s most loved and successful writers, Jack Heath.

Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer, Michael investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes. Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than one million copies around the world. It is the first of nine novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.

Jack Heath is the author of Hangman, Liars and twenty other books for adults and children. In January of 2018 he was the fourth bestselling fiction author in Australia. His novels have been shortlisted for several awards and translated into several languages. His book, 300 Minutes of Danger, was recently adapted into a virtual reality film which debuted at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Heath started writing his first novel in high school. It was picked out of a slush pile and published while he was still a teenager, and it soon became an international success.

In the course of his research, he has toured morgues and prisons, performed as a street magician and travelled through eleven countries, including Russia. His enthusiastic presentations at schools and festivals have gotten thousands of kids hooked on reading. He lives on the land of the Ngunnawal people in Gunghalin, Australia.